en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio) , en- \

Definition of encampment

1a : the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped
b : the individuals that make up an encampment
2 : the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

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Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree
Recent Examples on the Web The housing crisis in the city that sits across the bay from San Francisco has resulted in a surge of tent encampments sprawling across city sidewalks, under freeway overhangs and in public parks. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "California official floats a new idea: House Oakland's homeless on a cruise ship," 11 Dec. 2019 The number of large encampments went down from 17 in July 2018 to nine in October 2019, according to city data. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "‘We don’t want to be outside’: Homeless say few beds offered during Tenderloin sweep," 4 Dec. 2019 Residents have complained of homeless encampments blocking sidewalks and contributing to crime, public urination and feces on the street. Fox News, "San Francisco's newly elected DA pledges not to prosecute public urination, other quality-of-life-crimes," 12 Nov. 2019 An eyewitness said hundreds of protesters were in the encampment when live bullets were fired toward them from a passing car. NBC News, "18 killed in attack on protesters in Iraq's Karbala," 29 Oct. 2019 Public Disturbance: On Aug. 23, a 54-year-old man contacted in regard to a disturbance call was yelling and throwing objects at others in an encampment in the 1500 block of More Avenue. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Sept. 6," 29 Aug. 2019 Limited shelter space throughout the city is a theme that has popped up again and again over the last several months, even as removal of unsanctioned homeless encampments has increased across the city. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle city auditor report calls for increasing shelter space for homeless people," 2 Oct. 2018 Residents of the encampments were given 30 days’ notice. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Tony Luke Jr., Mayor Kenney explore solutions to overcoming opioid crisis," 17 May 2018 Protesters won’t be leaving their encampment on the mountain, said Kealoha Pisciotta, another leader of the protest. Washington Post, "Hawaii telescope protesters to stay as blocked road reopens," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of encampment

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of encampment was in 1598

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Encampment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encampment. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio) \

Kids Definition of encampment

1 : the act of making a camp

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